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Investigators say South Florida contributes to an estimated $32 billion human trafficking industry worldwide.


South Florida is a hotspot for human trafficking because of its gateway air and sea ports, and last month was one of six regions picked to launch an anti-trafficking coordination team. Working together, federal prosecutors, the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Labor will attack the problem.


MIAMI (CBS4)- A nine-year-old girl sat in silhouette and answered questions about a time in her life that most adults wouldn’t be able to handle. She spent two years of her life living in shadows after becoming the victim of sex trafficking.



The 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report includes more than 180 narratives that assess governments on their efforts to combat trafficking in persons. In keeping with the language and values of the UN Trafficking Protocol, which seek to guarantee prevention, prosecution, and protection for the maximum number of victims, the United States defines trafficking in persons to include all of the conduct involved in forced labor as well as the trafficking of adults and children for commercial sexual exploitation.